Director's Column

Director of Public Works
David Brown

McKinney Courier Gazette, October 16, 2016

The Heart of McKinney

The elements that establish McKinney as one of the best places to live are not just the natural beauty, great schools and wide variety of recreational opportunities. Certainly these are important attributes of an outstanding city, but they don’t speak to the heart of a community.

David Brown

David Brown

One of the most endearing qualities that we have as a community is the willingness of our citizens to step up when called upon to volunteer their time, talents and treasures. McKinney has residents and corporate citizens who step up and volunteer for worthwhile causes throughout the year. 

Making a Difference

Two of McKinney’s favorite community projects are coming up on Oct. 22, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nationwide Drug Take-Back event and the annual Trinity Trash Bash. 

Drug Take-Back and Trinity Trash Bash 

The City of McKinney partners with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back event twice a year. At the event, participants may safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs for free. The Trinity Trash Bash is a regional sister event to the Texas Trash Off. By joining forces and cleaning up our roadsides, waterways, neighborhoods and parks, volunteers throughout McKinney will help improve water quality, restore natural beauty and reduce potential threats to human health and wildlife. 

Make a Difference Day Celebration and Concert

At the end of the day all the volunteers will gather together at Bonnie Wenk Park for a special family-friendly event to celebrate the city’s commitment to sustainability and a healthy community. The event will include entertainment by Water IQ and Otis from Water4Otter, the Live Birds of Prey demonstration by Blackland Prairie Raptor Show and a concert by Vocal Trash. The celebration aims to be zero waste and attendees are encouraged to wear an eco-theme t-shirts, bring a blanket, picnic style snacks and refillable water bottle to fill at one of our hydration stations. 

The community projects and concert event are scheduled in collaboration with the nationwide Make a Difference Day. The intention of the day is to provide easily accessible opportunities to serve as a community and witness the power of what we can do when we all come together. The city is excited to partner with Volunteer McKinney, and over 24 different local projects, to celebrate Make a Difference Day as millions of volunteers nationwide unite to improve the lives of others in their communities.

The Governor's Community Achievement Award

Join us on Oct. 22 for Make a Difference Day and help us celebrate all of the volunteers and the City of McKinney being chosen as one of the 10 Texas communities to receive the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award. For information on these events and others, please browse this website.